Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Breaks Down Mark Cavendish No-Show During Stage 5 Sprint

“], “filter”: { “nextExceptions”: “img, blockquote, div”, “nextContainsExceptions”: “img, blockquote”} }”>

Don’t miss a moment of Paris-Roubaix and Unbound Gravel, the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and everything in between when you >”,”name”:”in-content-cta”, “type “:”link”}}”>join Outside+.

MESSINA, Italy (VN) — What’s a bunch sprint without Mark Cavendish and Caleb Ewan in the modern-day peloton?

The Giro d’Italia found out on Wednesday.

Cavendish and Ewan were left behind by a breakneck pace imposed by Alpecin-Fenix ​​during the day’s once innocuous climb and were never seen again.

“We were two minutes past the top of the climb, and we knew it would be difficult to close two minutes,” Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl front ace Michael Mørkøv explained to BikeNews at the arrival.

“I think we had a minute when we chased and then we lost time again. We had to decide if it was worth using this amount of energy for the last 60 kilometers or if we should save for the days to come.

Read also : Démare demolishes Stage 5 sprint as Cavendish and Ewan suffer

This latter option got the Quick-Step seal of approval.

After chasing hard for half an hour, Cavendish, Mørkøv and four Quick-Step acolytes pulled the pin and hoped second sprinter Davide Ballerini would be up to it.

“We made the call together,” Mørkøv said. “We all knew that with the last 60 kilometers, if we continued, we would burn all our matches.”

Stage winner Arnaud Démare was also dropped in cat 2. Montée Portella Mandrazzi. Unlike Ewan and Cavendish, the Frenchman made his way to the peloton on the back of Groupama-FDJ’s oversized sprint train.

With Démare back in the peloton and preparing for a bunch sprint, Groupama ensured that their two best rivals never returned.

“What can you do, just try. Caleb was further behind us. If we were all together we probably would have come back,” Cavendish told Eurosport.

Read also : Biggest team in the peloton? How Grouapama’s leading giant gang survives the Giro

The gruppetto overwhelmed by Quick-Step made its way to Messina 12 minutes after Démare demolished the remnants of the sprint field in Messina. Minds were already on Cavendish’s next chance.

“We also knew another flat day would come tomorrow, which is also why we sat down today. We have our eyes for tomorrow,” said Mørkøv.

And Cavendish? The fire Manxman doesn’t like to lose – but maybe it’s better to be beaten by a mountain than by the melee of a massive sprint.

“You’re still disappointed, but we knew it was going to happen today,” he said. “It was a bonus if we could sprint today, but we had to try.”

The Giro hits the continent on Thursday and a pan-flat stage awaits. Cavendish and Ewan will be ready for a sprint.

Jack L. Goldstein